Fast & Furriest 5k to be held May 14 in King Jack Park

King Jack Park will be the site of Joplin Humane Society’s second annual Fast & Furriest 5K run at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14.

It’s an event for animal lovers and athletes alike. ll experience levels are welcome, including well-socialized dogs on leashes (please no retractable leashes).

Registration is $35 for the 5K run or $25 for the 1 mile fun walk.

All proceeds will be used for the ongoing care and well-being of the thousands of homeless pets that annually pass through the society’s doors. Most are surprised to learn it costs around $2,600 each day to operate the shelter.

Freeman summer program offers hands-on healthcare learning experiences


Freeman Health System, a teaching hospital, is proud to bring back a hands-on learning opportunity for teens and adults with the Freeman Health Academy.

The program is designed to give participants insight into healthcare careers. Anyone age 16 and up is welcome to submit an application.

“Most people don’t realize that we are our own little city at Freeman, with hundreds and hundreds of different types of positions – clinical and non-clinical,” said Ashley Hopkins, Freeman director of professional development. “Leaders and experts within the different fields will come to the sessions to give information about the necessary education, training, and different career paths.”

There will be four one-week sessions available this summer: June 13 – 17, June 20 – 24, July 5 – 8, July 25 – 29. Each session will have up to 15 participants who will get hands-on training.

“We will have hands-on labs that will include a variation of dissections, trauma patient simulation, helicopter tour and Stop the Bleed,” said Hopkins. “Students will have the opportunity to become American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA BLS) Provider certified. The participants will get to choose a department and position to shadow during their scheduled session, as well.”

For more information and a program application, visit or call Natalie at (417) 347.2554. Applications must be received by May 23.